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Balloon boy fiasco shows social networking addiction

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What did we do before the Internet? I mean, it hasn’t been around that long. It just doesn’t seem like there was anything to do before we could update our statuses on the latest happenings.

Don’t believe me? Check out the latest situation with “Balloon Boy.”

If you were paying any type of attention to the news today, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I refer to the “Flying Falcon.”

If not, I’ll do a short summary. (You can find more in-depth information if you search for 6-year-old Falcon Heene in your favorite search browser.)

Earlier today in eastern Colorado, Falcon’s parents, Richard and Mayumi Heene, told authorities that their son had untethered their mylar balloon and was suspected to be inside of it.

Well, it ends up that the little child wasn’t in the balloon at all. He was hanging out in a box in the attic.

Great family! Also, it turns out that awesome family spent some time on the television show Wife Swap.

This made for some incredibly entertaining television. It also made for some interesting tweets for those who, apparently, have nothing better to do with their time.

According to CNN, the whole world was watching. Al-Jazeera reported on it. Australia reported on it. I guess it could be said that I’m reporting on it too.

I mean, it’s a pretty stupid story if you think about it. What I’m interested in is how viral this became all over social networking sites.

Like I said. What did we do before the Internet?

andrea @ October 15, 2009

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